NEMA ei June 2017 - 23
Director, International Standards,
IEC Updates Standards and Procedures
ecent revisions to the International
Organization for Standardization/International
Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) directives
include procedural changes for project management.
Notably, the time allotted for different stages of
standards development has been shortened. The
IEC implemented a means for individuals to submit
comments during the development and maintenance
of the standards, with the intention of involving
additional stakeholders, but relatively few comments
have been submitted.
The IEC and CENELEC (the European Union's
body for electrotechnical standardization)
implemented an updated agreement that does not
affect NEMA membership. Meanwhile, the IEC
suspended participation by Libya, based on nonpayment of dues. It also expanded involvement
with the Gulf Standards Organization and South
Asia Regional Standards Organization.
Emphasis and activities for systems including
low-voltage direct current (LVDC), smart cities,
non-conventional distribution networks and
microgrids, and cybersecurity continues to grow.
The Advisory Committee on Safety's designation
of group safety function in IEC 62477-1 Safety
requirements for power electronic converter
systems and equipment makes this document
the base standard for products such as
uninterruptible power sources, adjustablespeed drives, and renewable energy systems.
Others may be added to the list of devices that
should use it as a reference. This essentially
supersedes the work done by the product
committee, although permission is given to
incorporate specific details unique to the product.
IEC Systems Evaluation Group 4 established
an LVDC systems committee to coordinate
standardization. Driving these efforts are users in
countries and regions without reliable or existing
electrical grid infrastructure, as well as some
international suppliers. One of the key steps in the
roadmap for LVDC expansion is standardization
for and market availability of protective devices,
such as direct current residual circuit devices
(called ground-fault circuit interrupters in the
United States). ei
ACCURACY + CONSISTENCY = STRATEGY
The best way to guarantee accurate & consistent product content?
Leverage a single source - IDEA's Industry Data Warehouse (IDW).
Enables trading partners to speak one
common language, reducing time
spent on translation & reformatting.
Syncs all members of the supply
chain, making it easier to do business,
regardless of geography.
Prevents misquotes & lost sales,
helping distributors win bids,
sell products, & compete with
Differentiates & promotes products,
resulting in better searches, more
purchases, & greater manufacturer
SPEED & ACCURACY
How does quality
Reduces order errors & related
expenses, leading to faster sales,
quicker payments, & better
product lifecycle management.
Allows users to send & extract
product data regardless of system
or file format, so they can leverage
their existing processes.
How else can tapping into one source - the IDW - give your business a strategic edge?
Talk to IDEA to find out:
703-562-4600 * firstname.lastname@example.org * www.idea4industry.com